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Shiply: Relievin' the Pressure of Vessel Transportation

Shiply's 'ere to alleviate the anxiety of vessel transport by assistin' ya in discoverin' a budget-friendly & dependable service that suits your needs. Simply create a postin' on our site & relax as transport providers approach ya with offers to relocate your vessel. Once ya spot a quote that appeals to ya, contact the driver, verify the details & await the collection of your boat.

What's the Purpose of Boat Transportation?

Whether ya require a narrowboat, sailboat, small craft, or yacht transported, Shiply can lend a hand. Did ya recently acquire a new vessel & need it delivered? Or perhaps ya need to get your boat to a land-based destination? Maybe it's too sizable for ya to transport on your own? Regardless of the circumstances, Shiply can assist ya in findin' a trustworthy & professional company to ship your boat at a fair price. Optin' for a specialized boat hauler will ensure you're in capable hands. Boat haulage companies in the UK & abroad will be well-versed in dealin' with boats, marinas & ports, & should guide ya through all aspects of the transportation process.

By listin' your boat transportation on Shiply, our network of transport providers will provide ya with price quotes. Simply complete a form with basic information about the boat to be transported, & you'll receive complimentary quotes in pounds sterlin' or euros, dependin' on your location. After receivin' multiple quotes, you'll be able to compare companies based on their qualifications, customer reviews & prices.

What's the Price Tag for Transportin' a Boat?

The expense of boat transport will fluctuate based on several factors, but on average, ya can anticipate payin' between £100 to £260 for shorter distances & between £450 & £750 for longer trips. The average cost per mile for standard boat transport in the UK is around £1.50, but as mentioned, this can vary dependin' on the vessel's size. The dimensions of the boat bein' transported will significantly impact the cost. For instance, small boat transport is straightforward as they can often be hauled by road, whereas larger sailboats or narrowboats will demand special attention & likely cost more to transport. A narrowboat may require specialist narrowboat movers due to its unique size. Whether the boat needs to be transported within the UK or internationally will also influence the pricin', as international boat transport will be significantly more expensive & may necessitate different companies than those in the UK who specialize in road transport.

Utilizin' Shiply to Locate a Boat Transporter

To create a listin' on Shiply, simply fill out a brief form with details about your boat, pick-up & drop-off dates, & locations. Once your listin' is live, you'll start receivin' complimentary quotes from various transport providers - some of whom may reach out to ya to better understand the required services, enablin' them to provide an accurate quote for the job.

There are two primary methods of boat transportation, & the one ya choose will depend on where your boat needs to go. If your boat requires a specific mode of transport, please specify this in your Shiply listin'.

By road - If your vessel needs to be hauled within the same country, road transportation is likely the best option. If you're movin' only parts of a boat or a non-operational boat, transportation by road is your sole choice.

By sea or river - If your craft needs to be sailed from port to port, ya can hire a crew to handle this. Crews should inspect your vessel, plot courses & check shippin' forecasts on your behalf.

After receivin' quotes, ensure ya verify the credentials & feedback of any skippers & crew members by viewin' the transport providers' company profiles on Shiply. If you're movin' a sailboat, look for RYA or MCA accredited crews.

Regardless of the type of transportation, it's crucial to check the level of experience & professional insurance coverage offered (do not accept personal insurance) to make the most informed decision for your specific situation.

Don't hesitate to ask the companies any questions about the transportation process, as they often have extensive experience.

Findin' the ideal boat transport service can be overwhelmin' if ya plan to compare all the prices & credentials. Larger companies might offer lower rates, while smaller, family-run transporters could provide a more personalized service.

Gettin' Your Boat Ready for Transport

If your vessel is bein' transported by land, there are several preparatory tasks to ensure a smooth transportation process. Plan as far in advance as possible to allow ample time for preparation & to find a suitable transport service. Boat deliveries can be carried out in various ways, but regardless of the method, ensure your boat is properly prepared to prevent damage, leakage, or dangerous loose ends durin' the journey.

Assess the condition - Thoroughly inspect the interior & exterior of your vessel for any pre-existin' damage. This way, ya can determine if it sustains any damage durin' transit. Consider takin' photographs of the condition before its journey.

Remove valuables - Take anythin' valuable off your boat before transport, as these items will not be insured.

Empty the bilge, water, refuse stores & most of the fuel - Pump out wastewater & other liquids. Empty any freshwater tanks & rubbish, disconnect fuel tanks & drain the majority of the gasoline to make the boat lighter for delivery & prevent potential leakages durin' transport.

Disconnect battery & tidy cables - This precaution will help avoid drainin' the battery & any electrical shortages. Despite bein' a waterborne vehicle, your boat might be exposed to different weather conditions when travelin' on a trailer. Ensure all exposed electronics are covered & battery cables are tucked away.

Secure items - If they aren't travelin' separately, stow all accessories & life jackets in lockers. Secure all doors & compartments in the galley & washrooms. Also, ensure the canopy is extra secure, as it might not be designed to travel at the same speeds as a trailer.

For sailboats - Removin' all winches & riggin' etc. from the mast is crucial (also provide paddin' for points at which the mast will be tied down). Only remove pulpits, stanchions & lifelines if they will make the boat too large for easy transport.

Consult your boatyard for any additional precautions they deem important for safe transport. If your boat is goin' to be sailed to its destination, arrange with the captain what preparations need to be made before the handover.

Once your boat is ready, simply wait for the transporter to arrive. After acceptin' a quote on Shiply, ya will be able to communicate with the transport provider to arrange the final details.

If any changes occur that may differ from what your transport provider is expectin', ensure they are contacted & informed so they can plan accordingly.

Finalizin' Your Boat's Transportation

When your vessel safely reaches its destination on the delivery date, your boat transporter should assist ya with unloadin' or dockin' & may help ya with other aspects of maintenance & checks (dependin' on what ya agreed upon). If there are any additional services ya need help with, these should be specified at the start of the process when listin' your required service on Shiply.

Regardless, it's important to check your craft post-transit to ensure it hasn't been damaged & ask the transporter about any discrepancies so they can be resolved quickly.

Once your boat is safely docked or secured, remove the tape & other securin' materials, refill water tanks, reattach batteries & motors, or re-rig your sailboat so it's ready for use again.

When you're satisfied that the transportation job has been completed, please leave a review for the service ya used on Shiply on their company profile. Providin' feedback is extremely helpful to us as it assists other users when choosin' a transport provider for their own job & also helps transporters continuously improve their service.

Boat Transport in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK

Gloucester, situated in Gloucestershire, UK, is a sought-after destination for boat owners seekin' to transport their vessels to & from the region. With its rich maritime heritage & proximity to the River Severn, Gloucester has become a hub for boat enthusiasts. Many individuals opt to relocate their boats to Gloucester for various reasons, such as participatin' in local boatin' events, accessin' the city's excellent marina facilities, or simply enjoyin' the picturesque waterways surroundin' the area.

If you're considerin' transportin' your boat to or from Gloucester, it's crucial to collaborate with a reliable & experienced boat transport gloucester service. These professionals possess the expertise & equipment necessary to ensure your vessel is moved safely & efficiently. When searchin' for a gloucester boat transport provider, be sure to consider factors such as their reputation, insurance coverage & the specific services they offer to meet your unique needs.

By workin' with a trusted boat transport company in Gloucester, ya can have peace of mind knowin' that your prized possession is in capable hands. Whether you're movin' your boat for recreational purposes or needin' to relocate it for maintenance or storage, the right gloucester boat transport service will make the process as seamless & stress-free as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Shiply Cover My Area?

Yes! There are couriers using Shiply all over the country and abroad, so whether you need to move a sofa across town or send a car across Europe, we have got you covered.

Does Shiply Have Different Sized Vehicles?

There are thousands of couriers on Shiply, with a wide range of vehicle sizes capable of handling any delivery. Providing the rough dimensions (and pictures if possible) on your listing will allow the delivery company to get the right vehicle sent out to you.

Can I Call Shiply?

Shiply Support is available from 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday on 020 3137 2454. You can also send an email to .

Who Will Carry Out My Delivery?

Whoever you choose! There are thousands of rated transport providers on our platform ready to make a bid to carry out your delivery. It is up to you to decide which quote to accept.

When Will I Receive A Quote?

You will typically start to receive quotes within 30 minutes. If you are worried about the lack of quotes, try adding some more detail to your listing as transport providers may be unsure of dimensions or weight and feel unable to provide an accurate quote. If your delivery is urgent, you can try our 'featured delivery' feature which moves your listing to the top of the search page for couriers.

How Many Quotes Will I Receive?

Whilst there is no guarantee of quotes, 98% of our listings receive at least 3 quotes, so you are likely to find someone who can undertake the delivery of your items.

Does Shiply Provide Packing Materials?

If your item requires packing materials or extra care then you should make sure this is highlighted in your listing and discussed with any transport provider whose quote you are considering. Couriers on Shiply are able to provide all levels of service and can help pack your items, just ensure you inform them of your needs.

Will My Goods Be Tied Up Securely?

Transport providers will almost always tie up an item in the transport vehicle, as the risk of damage from moving around during transit is high. You should always confirm safety precautions and packing needs with transport providers before accepting a quote.

Can Items Be Taken Upstairs?

Yes, items can be taken upstairs if needed, and can also be assembled. Transport providers on Shiply are happy to provide these services, but you should ensure that you are mentioning these requirements in your listings as it may mean a second person is required for the move.

Can I Travel With My Goods?

The majority of transport providers on Shiply are only insured for the transportation of goods, however, some are also able to take people. If you need to travel with your goods, make sure to mention this in your listing and highlight this to any courier who quotes on your listing.

What If I Need To Cancel My Booking?

If you have accepted a quote and paid the deposit but wish to cancel the delivery, then you should first inform your chosen transport provider that you no longer require the delivery. You should then contact us at to have your deposit refunded.

Can I Change The Address Of The Delivery?

If you have not yet accepted a quote then you are able to change the address of your listing. Note that editing details of your listing after publishing will result in active quotes being voided, so you will have to wait for new quotes to come in. If you have already accepted a quote and need to change the address, please let your transport provider know and contact us at .

Do I Need To Take My Boat Anywhere?

Typically, boat transporters on Shiply will be able to pick your boat up from wherever it is located and will use special boat trailers to do so. If your journey is strictly overseas then it may be cheaper to drive to the port yourself, but boat transporters will always be able to collect your boat, wherever it is.

Can I Keep Items In My Boat During Transportation?

This will likely be up to your boat transporter's discretion, so make sure to ask! One thing to note is that the items will likely not be covered by the insurance that covers the boat, so don't leave anything in there you cannot easily replace.

How Shiply works

How Shiply Works

How Shiply Works

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    Request quotes from our 439,673 rated transport providers.

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    Compare prices and read previous customer feedback to pick the right delivery quote for you.

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    Sit back and relax while your item is safely delivered by your chosen transport provider.

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